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Mary's Weekly Update 2-2-18

posted Feb 2, 2018, 11:52 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Assigned Seats

Welcome to Second Semester!  Students who are not completing 75% or more of their assignments will be given an assigned seat in the classroom.  They will work in that location and not be able to choose their space or work partners (except for assigned group projects) so that they can better focus on their academics.  They may earn back the option of choosing their work space if they complete two consecutive work periods (4 weeks) with 75% or better completion.  If their completion rate drops below 75%, then they will again have an assigned seat.  It would be very helpful during this time if you could ask your student if they completed 3-5 works each day (the guideline we have always given students to help them pace themselves).  Beyond that, students who regularly disrupt others will be given an assigned seat.


Personal Items at School

Many comic books, magazines, and reference books are coming into the classroom!  Please remind your student that they should try to leave personal items at home, as much as possible.  They can (and should) have a book they are reading in class, but they shouldn’t bring in lots of books.   Personal electronics are also restricted, as per school policy.  


Re-enrollment Forms

The electronic re-enrollment form is now available! Let us know your student’s enrollment plan for next year before February 9th.  The re-enrollment form is used for:

  • securing your current student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

  • signing up for sibling preference.   If you have a sibling of a currently enrolled student, who you wish to enroll for the 2018-19 school year, this is how you sign up for sibling preference.  

  • releasing your student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

If you do not plan to attend Ridgeline next year, let us know on the form.  It only takes a few minutes to complete. URL: https://goo.gl/P6X5u4.  


Birthday Bash

February’s Birthday Bash will be held on Friday, February 23rd.  Please feel free to send a snack to share to the classroom on that day.  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Friday, Feb 9 Re-enrollment Plan (electronic form) Deadline

Saturday, Feb 10 Pre-Lottery Information Session

Friday, Feb 23 Pasta Dinner and DDD Kick-off

Birthday Bash

Thursday, Mar 1 Pre-Lottery Information Session


Dear Ridgeline Families,

The electronic re-enrollment form is now available! Let us know your student’s enrollment plan for next year before February 9th.

The re-enrollment form is used for:

  • securing your current student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

  • signing up for sibling preference.

    • If you have a sibling of a currently enrolled student, who you wish to enroll for the 2018-19 school year, this is how you sign up for sibling preference.  

  • releasing your student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

    • If you do not plan to attend Ridgeline next year, let us know on the form.

It only takes a few minutes to complete. URL: https://goo.gl/P6X5u4.  


Mary's Weekly Update 1-18-18

posted Jan 18, 2018, 11:12 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Amazon Community Garden

By now you may have heard your student talking about the Amazon Community Garden that we have set up in the classroom.  This is a scenario that we will be using to explore how communities work together, and as a setting for many of our regular subject lessons, eg. calculate the area of our garden plots (geometry), write a PSA inviting people to apply for a plot (informational and persuasive writing), research which crops to grow (science), etc.  Here is a picture of our basic site.  We will continue to add to this frieze as we continue our scenario.



Personal Items at School

Please remind your student that they should try to leave personal items at home, as much as possible.  They can (and should) have a book they are reading in class, but they shouldn’t bring in lots of books.   Personal electronics are also restricted.  



Lunch Items

The kids are growing like weeds and we have had many requests for items from the pantry (which is fine).  But this might be a good time to have a conversation with your student to see if they need a little bit more in their lunch every day to support their growing bodies.  Also, please ensure that they have the cutlery they need and that any items that need to be cut-up are done so at home since knives (kitchen knives, pocket knives, etc.) are restricted.



Birthday Bash

January’s Birthday Bash will be held on Friday, January 26th.  Please feel free to send a snack to share to the classroom on that day.  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Thursday, Jan 18 6:30pm - 8:30pm Board Meeting

Friday, Jan 26 Re-enrollment Forms Sent Home

5:30pm - 8:30pm Middle School Winter Formal


Mary's Weekly Update 12-1-17

posted Dec 1, 2017, 10:23 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Homework

We have a lot of material to cover this year, so it is very important that we can move forward in a timely manner.  Therefore, I will be giving each student a regular list of work not yet completed (if any).  Please help ensure that they are bringing this work home to complete as homework.  Also, please remind your student to bring the work back to the classroom!  Completing all work assigned is a critical part of their success.  


Art Project - Empty Bottle Needed

We will be doing another clay project before Winter Break, so everyone will need to bring in an empty bottle such as a water bottle, a small cleaning fluid bottle, or a large spice bottle.  The bottle will be a permanent part of the interior structure of a clay figure.


Towels, please!

We would like to add some sound absorption to our classroom.  To that end, I am putting out a call for old bath towels - any color, any size above washcloth.  I will be putting them into a wooden frame which will then be mounted on the wall.  According to some YouTube sources, six layers of bath towels works better than professional acoustic foam.


The Marketplace Event

The upcoming Marketplace Event on the 2nd of December is going to be enormous!  They are putting out the call for lots of volunteers.  Please contact the office to sign up to help.


Birthday Bash

December's Birthday Bash will be held on Friday, December 15th.  Please feel free to send a snack to share to the classroom on that day.  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Saturday, 12/2                    Student Marketplace 10am-1pm in the gym

Tuesday, 12/5                    RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm

Friday, 12/8                        Fundraising Committee Meeting 8:30-9:30am

Saturday, 12/9                    LuLaRoe Fundraiser 11am-1pm

Monday, 12/11                   Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Mon. 12/11-12/15                Joy of Sharing

Thursday, 12/14                 Mod Pizza Fundraiser

Friday, 12/15                      Grandparents’ Day (pre-registration required)

Mon. 12/18-Tues. 1/2          NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

Wednesday, 1/3                 Class Resumes


Mary's Weekly Update 11-2-17

posted Nov 2, 2017, 1:00 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Parent Conferences

Thank you so much to parents who were able to attend conferences!  That is such an important way that we can work together to support your student.  Also, Meridy and I will continue to process the great feedback we received from students and families. If you had a conference and still have questions (or you just have a question!), please do not hesitate to contact me (mary.bach-jackson@ridgeline.org).  


Weekly Reports and Time Utilization

A topic in many student conferences was time utilization in the classroom.  Lessons are carefully paced to ensure that we cover what we need to in the year so that students can be successful.  But this is a partnership and students need to meet us halfway by completing the follow-on assignments from lessons.   Many students have admitted to not using their time effectively in class, and so are not completing their assignments.  Work that is not completed in the classroom is encouraged to go home and be completed there (where possible).  


The Weekly Report sent out on Fridays details exactly what work your student has been assigned and the progress they have made on that work.  The goal is to complete 70%-100% of assignments each week.  If a student completes all of their assignments for the two-week period (woo hoo!), their next workplan will be on green paper (the kids call this "going green").   Students know that they can approach individuals with a green workplan to ask for help with anything.


So please help your student to be successful by asking these questions each day:

- did you complete 3-5 works today?

(this guideline should ensure that they stay on top of their work)


- did you complete at least two pages of math today?

(there are four pages of regular math and four pages of review or geometry assigned per week).


There is always time built into the school day to complete assigned works, so it is up to the student to use their time efficiently.   Please encourage your student to use the Post-It Note Club if they need/want help organizing their work.


Birthday Bash

Our Birthday Bash for November birthdays will be held on November 17th.  Please feel free to send in a healthy snack for the whole class to share on that date.




Barnes and Noble Bookfair

This year at the Barnes and Noble Bookfair, we will be performing two plays about some very famous explorers and their journeys.  The kids have been hard at work writing scripts and making masks so please plan on attending the bookfair on November 17th.  We really hope to see you there!



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Wed, Nov 1 Fall Boxtop Deadline

3:10-4:00pm  GAYLE Meeting

Sun, Nov 5 Daylight Savings Time Ends

Tue, Nov 7 6:00-7:30pm RCO Meeting

Wed, Nov 8 3:10-4:00pm  GAYLE Meeting

Fri, Nov 10 NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day


Mary's Weekly Update 10-27-17

posted Oct 27, 2017, 10:16 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Time Utilization

Many students have been asking if they can take work home as homework..  Work that is not completed in the classroom is encouraged to go home and be completed there (when possible).  The goal is to complete 70%-100% of assignments each week, so please help your student by asking these questions each day:

- did you complete 3-5 works today?

(this guideline should ensure that they stay on top of their work)

- did you complete at least two pages of math today?

(there are usually four pages of regular math and four pages of review or geometry assigned per week).


There is always time built into the school day to complete assigned works, so it is up to the student to use their time efficiently.   Please encourage your student to use the Post-It Note Club if they need/want help organizing their work.


Parent Conferences

If you have not already signed up for a slot for Parent Conferences, please do so (http://signup.com/go/3fsfL4  ).  This conference is a vital part of the ways in which we can all work together to support your student.  


Bowls and Masks

On Friday, November 3rd, we will be making yarn bowls and masks with paper mache clay.  Half of the class will be making a bowl and the other half will make a mask.  The following week, the students will switch so that everyone will have a bowl and a mask.  We will use many of the masks in our student-written plays of famous exploration journeys for the Barnes & Noble Bookfair this year (11/17/17).  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

 

Fri, Oct 27 Reading Day in the classroom

Mon, Oct 30 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tue, Oct 31 Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

 


Mary's Weekly Update 10-19-17

posted Oct 19, 2017, 2:39 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Student Presentations!

So last week I asked all students to prepare to do a very short presentation on something that is important to them.  The sixth years were asked to do their presentations yesterday, so the fifth and fourth years will need to do their presentations next week.  Please ask your student about what they are planning to speak about!  Again, the item of importance can be a person, a pet, a personal object, or a book.  They will need to show that "item" (or a picture of it) and talk for 1-3 minutes about the personal significance of it.  


Parent Conferences

Please be on the lookout for an email regarding the Parent Conferences at the end of the month.  The email will have a link allowing you to sign-up for a time slot.  Please allow lunch times and after hours time slots for parents who are unable to attend during normal classroom hours.  Your student is expected to attend their meeting, otherwise another meeting will be scheduled at a time when they can attend.


Levels Lunches

We will be starting "Levels Lunches" today.  This is a time for the three UE classes to come together at recess, and for all members of a grade level to eat lunch together.  We hope this gives students a chance to have new conversations with new people.  It is also in preparation for the Breakout Biology lessons in the new year where students will be working alongside their grade-level peers.


Crossfire

Our Bike and Ride Day was a huge success, with many students walking in from Crossfire.  Hopefully it encouraged more people to try to use that location as a "park and stride" area for the school.  If you are using the Crossfire location, please be respectful, and remember that it is not a playground or a hangout place.  It is private property and they are being really good neighbors to allow us to utilize their parking lot to encourage active transportation and ease congestion at our school.


Reading Day

We will be having a Reading Day on Friday, October 27th.  That morning will be a time to lounge in your pajamas in a blanket fort and indulge in your favorite book.  You may also bring in a healthy snack to share on that day, if you wish.


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Sat, Oct 21 4:30pm - 6:30pm Skateworld Costume Party

Wed, Oct 25 Picture Retakes

G.A.Y.L.E Meeting 3:10-4pm

Fri, Oct 27 Reading Day in the classroom

Mon, Oct 30 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tue, Oct 31 Parent-Teacher Conferences


Mary's Weekly Update 10-11-17

posted Oct 11, 2017, 10:53 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Weekly Report

I do not send a Weekly Report out if we are not in school on a Friday.  We generally are not out on consecutive Fridays, so you will have a report the following week.


Student Presentations!

Every Thursday we set aside time for students to present to the class.  Over the next two weeks I will be asking each student to do a very short presentation on something that is important to them.  This could be a person, a pet, a personal object, or a book.  They will need to show that "item" (or a picture of it) and talk for 1-3 minutes about the personal significance of it.  I will split the group presentations over the two Thursdays of the period (I will add time on other days, if needed).  So please have a conversation with your student about a possible topic for this presentation!


Parent Conferences

Please be on the lookout for an email regarding Parent Conferences at the end of the month.  The email will have a link allowing you to sign-up for a time slot.  Please allow lunch times and after hours time slots for parents who are unable to attend during normal classroom hours.  Your student is expected to attend their meeting.


Curriculum Sharing Night

We will be having "Curriculum Sharing Night" on Wednesday, October 18th from 3:05-4:05 and 6-7pm.  Please come into the classroom to see all of the work they have been doing so far.  This is also an opportunity to find out what the heck a "stamp game" is or "Hands-on Equations"!


Vision Screening

The annual vision screen is next Friday, October 20.  Dr. Foley’s colleague Betty will be doing the screening this year again.


Birthday Bash

Our Birthday Bash for October birthdays will be held on October 20th.  If your student has a birthday that month, please feel free to send in a healthy snack on that date.


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Fri, Oct 13 No School (Staff In-service Day)

Wed, Oct 18 Curriculum Sharing - 3:05-4:05pm and 6:00-7:00pm

GAYLE Meeting 3:10-4:00pm

Fri, Oct 20 Birthday Bash

Vision Screening

Sat, Oct 21 4:30pm - 6:30pm Skateworld Costume Party

Mon, Oct 30 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tue, Oct 31 Parent-Teacher Conferences


Mary's Weekly Update 10-6-17

posted Oct 6, 2017, 1:03 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Jog-a-thon!

Our Jog-a-thon last Friday was a huge success despite the rain.  The kids did so many laps, and they were all smiles while they did them!  Please help your student to complete the pledge form and collect monies, then return the envelope to the classroom.


Student Presentations Next Period!

Every Thursday we set aside time for students to present to the class.  Over the next two weeks I will be asking each student to do a very short presentation on something that is important to them.  This could be a person, a pet, a personal object, or a book.  They will need to show that "item" (or a picture of it) and talk for 1-3 minutes about the personal significance of it.  I will split the group presentations over the two Thursdays of the period (I will add time on other days, if needed).  So please have a conversation with your student about a possible topic for this presentation!


Fidgets in the Classroom

We have had a couple of issues with fidgets in the classroom so far this year.  The spinning style of fidget is not allowed at all, and any other object intended to be used as a fidget must follow our "Fidget Rules".


Fidget Rules


A fidget is a small object that keeps your hands busy so you can focus.


You can hold it in your hand - feel it, move it, and manipulate it to help you focus on your work.


There are important rules when using your fidget:

- you should not need to look at your fidget

- you should not try to get your friend's attention with your fidget

- the fidget must stay in our hands or by your work area.



Curriculum Sharing Night

We will be having "Curriculum Sharing Night" on Wednesday, October 18th from 3:05-4:05 and 6-7pm.  Please come into the classroom to see all of the work they have been doing so far.  This is also an opportunity to find out what the heck a "stamp game" is or "Hands-on Equations"!


4th Grade Support Meeting:The transition to 4th grade can be a significant transition to many students at a variety of schools, magnified perhaps at Ridgeline as the student makes the leap to upper elementary.

That is why we have scheduled a q&a panel discussion with teachers, administration and recent 4th grade parents for October 10th at 6:30pm. We are hoping this panel can help normalize the transition and answer questions you may have about expectations and adjustments your 4th grader may be experiencing.

In addition, or in lieu of, we are working on identifying parent mentors to answer questions and offer collegial support. Please reach out to your room parent or teacher if you need help connecting with someone.” --Stephanie Edwards

Please contact Stephanie Edwards at stephanie.edwards@ridgeline.org if you have any questions or need help navigating support resources.



Birthday Bash

Our Birthday Bash for October birthdays will be held on October 20th.  If your student has a birthday that month, please feel free to send in a healthy snack on that date.


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder and the Workplan Report to the classroom on Monday!



(PTO for Ridgeline Calendar of Events)



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Thu, Oct 5 8:45am - 9:45am Fundraising Meeting

Tue, Oct 10 6:30pm - 8pm 4th Grade Support Panel

Wed, Oct 11 3:10pm - 4pm G.A.Y.L.E. Meeting

Fri, Oct 13 No School (Staff In-service Day)

Fri, Oct 20 Birthday Bash

Sat, Oct 21 4:30pm - 6:30pm Skateworld Costume Party

Mon, Oct 30 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tue, Oct 31 Parent-Teacher Conferences


Mary's Weekly Update 9-27-17

posted Sep 27, 2017, 9:40 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Personal Items

Please note that students may not bring toys, trading cards, or other items that distract from the educational environment to school.  They should only bring personal belongings to school if they have a clear educational purpose and the teacher’s permission.  If an item is brought in, please mark that item with the student's name.  Ridgeline is not responsible for items brought to school or school-sponsored activities.  Also, please be aware that students in Upper Elementary have a very limited amount of space to store their belongings - a hook for their backpack and coat in the hallway, and a very small cubby in the classroom for all their materials.  


Google Email and Apps

Please confirm with your student that they have received their "@ridgeline.org" email address, which will be used for their classroom work.  We will be using Google Classroom and other Google apps, such as Google Drive.  If you have not already done so, please return the Technology agreement form to the office/classroom as soon as possible.  


Homework and Copies

Just as a reminder, your student is able to make a copy of ONE work per day between 2 and 3pm without asking for permission.  This is to encourage them to take responsibility for their work and to allow them to take something home as homework, if they wish.  If the student feels they should make copies of more than one work, they need to ask permission before doing so.  Please note that most assignments must be written out on lined paper, even if they have taken a copy of a work (being able to correctly write out a problem on lined paper is an important part of the math work, especially).


Student Presentations

Every Thursday we will be setting aside time for students to present to the class.  They may choose to share something from home, a good book they would recommend, or an assignment they have been working on.    Occasionally assignments will include a required presentation to the class.  This forum allows the students to share their interests and to work on their public speaking skills throughout the school year.


Birthday Bash

Our Birthday Bash for October birthdays will be held on October 20th.  If your student has a birthday that month, please feel free to send in a healthy snack on that date.


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder and the Workplan Report to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Tue, Oct 3 5:30pm - 6:30pm Back to School Picnic

6pm - 7:30pm RCO Meeting

Wed, Oct 4 Bike And Walk To School Day

3:10pm - 4pm G.A.Y.L.E. Meeting

Fri, Oct 13 No School (Staff In-service Day)

 


Mary's Weekly Update 9-15-17

posted Sep 15, 2017, 10:49 AM by Cynthia Friedman   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 10:50 AM ]



Newsletter for Room 8

September 15, 2017

Think and Wonder.

Wonder and Think.




We have really started to settle into a routine this week, and the students are having a lot of fun.  Once again, thank you for letting us borrow them every day!


Workplan Report

We use a two-week workplan in this classroom, so on Fridays, I will send home a report which outlines what your student has been working on during that timeframe.  One of the assignments for students is to ensure that a family member or guardian signs the report and then they return it to the classroom on the following Monday.  Students are expected to read for at least 20 minutes each night during the week as homework, so the workplan report signature is also certifying that that reading work has been completed.


Lunches

Each student needs to bring a packed lunch every day.  We do not have a microwave or a refrigerator in the classroom, so all the items in their lunch need to be shelf-stable.  We also do not have cutlery available, so please be sure to include it if needed.


Parent Meeting

Our classroom's Parent Meeting is on Tuesday, September 19th, from 6:30 to 7:30pm in the classroom.  I strongly encourage everyone to attend since this is where I will be communicating our plans for the year and explaining many of the guidelines that we will use in the classroom.  Your student is welcome to attend the meeting with you.  


Birthday Bash

Our September Birthday Bash will be held on Friday, September 22nd.  You may send a healthy snack for all in the classroom to share on that day.


Picture Day

We will have Picture Day on Wednesday, September 20th.  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder and the Workplan Report to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Tuesday, 9/19 Mary’s Class Meeting 6:30-7:30pm

Wednesday, 9/20 Picture Day (retakes 10/25)

Thursday, 9/21 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, 9/22 Family T-shirt Orders Due (original deadline)

Friday, 9/22 T-shirts for All Due (deadline extended)

Monday, 9/25 Site Council Meeting 6-7:30pm

Tuesday, 9/26 Laughing Planet Fundraiser



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